An International Call To Academics and Professionals To Stand In Solidarity With Our Israeli Academic and Professional Colleagues
Written by: Alan Dershowitz, Steven Weinberg, Edward Beck and Members of the SPME Task Force on Countering Academic and Professional Boycotts
June 4, 2007 To: Academics and Professionals Standing In Solidarity With Our Israeli Academic Colleagues Against All Boycott Proposals and Actions
Please Join Us By Signing and Circulating The Following Solidarity Statement With Our Israeli Academic and Professional Colleagues
We are academics, scholars, researchers and professionals of differing religious and political perspectives. We all agree that singling out Israelis for an academic boycott is wrong. To show our solidarity with our Israeli academics in this matter, we, the undersigned, hereby declare ourselves to be Israeli academics for purposes of any academic boycott. We will regard ourselves as Israeli academics and decline to participate in any activity from which Israeli academics are excluded.
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law
Ancell Professor of Physics
Frant H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters
Nobel Prize - Economics
Professor of Psychology
Eric R. Kandel
NobelPrize - Medicine
Josey Regental Professor of Science
University of Texas, Austin
Nobel Peace Prize
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
I am trying to decide (or, rather, my anonymous academic "flesh" alter ego is trying to decide) whether to sign this. Is "solidarity" the correct attitude towards Israel? It kind of has the wrong connotations for me. Second, asking to be boycotted requires quite a serious thinking through, and is not to be done lightly, so I think I need to spend a little while deciding... Any thoughts?
Other boycott links: Snoopy on the real face of the boycott movement; Boycotting Israel is moral masturbation; Something Something on double standards; Shalom Lappin's response.